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Capelin west of Hrollaugseyjar

The capelin have been migrating rapidly over the last few days south and westwards along the coast and this morning the migration had reached Hrollaugseyjar, west of Hornafjörður. Several Icelandic pelagic vessels were fishing there by midday today, the first ones to leave following the seamen’s strike having been called off last night, with others on the way.

‘There is capelin on the shallow grounds off the south-east coast and there are pelagic vessels fishing off Hrollaugseyjar. Venus and Víkingur are on their way and we expect them to be on the fishing grounds later today,’ said Garðar Svavarsson, manager of HB Grandi’s pelagic division.

He said that the roe content of the fish at the leading edge of the migration had reached 16-17% last week, according to information from the Norwegian vessels that have been fishing in Icelandic waters, and is now 20%.

This morning around 15 Norwegian pelagic vessels were fishing for capelin off Reyðarfjörður and Fáskrúðsfjörður, and are only licensed to fish with purse seine gear north of the 64°30’N between October 20th and February 22nd. This means that the season for the Norwegian pelagic vessels is almost over. According to Garðar Svavarsson, the fish being caught off the eastfjords has a roe content of around 16%.

‘It’s clear that we are going to have our hands full for the next few weeks to catch the company’s quotas, but we’re confident that we can do it,’ he said.